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The Uluru Statement from the Heart called for Voice, Treaty and Truth. A Voice to Council can embed meaningful First Peoples participation in local government planning and decision making. A Voice can provide a useful forum to identify local priorities, provide advice about issues and develop local plans of action.
A Voice will often include representatives from a range of First Peoples organisations as well as local government staff and a representative from council. First Peoples advisory committees can also ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members are consulted about the development of council plans and other initiatives.
Hume City Council supports the work of the Hume Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG). The RAPWG has improved council engagement with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and improved relationships with key First Peoples stakeholders. The RAPWG has increased council staff knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories through the delivery of cultural competency and cultural safety training, championed more events sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, and led the establishment of the Stolen Generations Marker Project.
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The 2012 Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey found that 26 councils had established an Aboriginal advisory committee or similar structure. Reach out to neighbouring councils to see what has been successful about their structure.
Uluru Statement from the Heart
Aboriginal Advisory Committee | City of Darebin
Aboriginal Action Committee | Mildura Rural City Council
Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Committee | Banyule City Council
Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey 2012 | Reconciliation Victoria